The EMS Energy Institute organized the Twelfth International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU), held from June 23-27, 2013, in Alexandria, VA. It attracted huge global interest with over 230 participants from 25 countries. The Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment co-hosted the conference, and Chunshan Song, director of the EMS Energy Institute and Distinguished Professor of Fuel Science, was the 2013 conference chair.
Conversion and utilization of carbon dioxide has become an increasingly important area of research globally and ICCDU is the premier event worldwide focused on conversion and utilization of the greenhouse gas CO2. Established in 1991 in Nagoya, Japan, ICCDU has been held biennially under the stewardship of the ICCDU International Scientific Committee for over 20 years. It alternates between Europe, Asia, and America, providing a multi-disciplinary forum on recent innovations in fundamental and applied aspects of carbon dioxide utilization with the goal of bringing together academic and industrial communities for the exchange of ideas, concepts, and innovations. The 2013 conference focused on carbon dioxide conversion and utilization for chemicals, fuels, and materials for sustainable development.
ICCDU XII included about 220 presentations in three tracks: CO2 Conversion, CO2 Utilization, and CO2 Capture and Separation. Organizations presenting included government agencies, industries, and universities.
The conference had twelve invited speakers, including four plenary speakers:
- Michele Aresta, University of Bari, Italy
- Anthony Cugini, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. DOE
- Sang-Eon Park, Inha University, South Korea
- Peter Styring, The University of Sheffield, UK.
In addition to the technical sessions, there was a poster competition with awards provided for best poster and honorable mentions. (From left to right below, Chunshan Song and Alissa Park stand with the honorable mention winners Christopher Whiteoak from the Institute of Chemical Rsearch of Catalonia, Spain; Nuria Huget from CaRLa Catalysis Research Laboratory, Germany; and Rita Cook from Northwestern University, USA. Best poster winner Zheng Xu from the University of Notre Dame, USA, is not pictured.)
Overall, the conference was a large success and the EMS Energy Institute was excited to be the hosting organization for one of the most important events in the field of carbon dioxide research.